Saxon Stories (Abridged)

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The Last Kingdom Publisher's Summary

From Bernard Cornwell, the New York Times best-selling author whom the Washington Post calls "perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today", comes a saga of blood, rage, fidelity, and betrayal. In the ninth and 10th centuries, King Alfred and his heirs fought to secure the survival of the last outpost of Anglo-Saxon culture by battling the ferocious Vikings, whose invading warriors had already captured and occupied three of England's four kingdoms.

In AD 866, Uhtred, a boy of 10 and the son of a nobleman, is captured in the same battle that leaves his father dead. His captor is the Earl Ragnar, a Danish chieftain, who raises the boy as his own, teaching him the Viking ways of war. As a young man expected to partake in raids and bloody massacres of the English, he grapples with divided loyalties, torn between Ragnar, the warrior he loves like a father, and Alfred, whose piety and introspection leave him cold. It takes a terrible slaughter and the unexpected joys of marriage for Uhtred to discover his true allegiance, and to rise to his greatest challenge.

©2005 Bernard Cornwell (P)2005 2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Last Kingdom

    • The Saxon Chronicles, Book 1
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 840
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 497
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 500

    In AD 866, Uhtred, a boy of 10 and the son of a nobleman, is captured in the same battle that leaves his father dead. His captor is the Earl Ragnar, a Danish chieftain, who raises the boy as his own, teaching him the Viking ways of war. As a young man expected to partake in raids and bloody massacres of the English, he grapples with divided loyalties, torn between Ragnar, the warrior he loves like a father, and Alfred, whose piety and introspection leave him cold.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not Worth a Credit for Abridged Version

    • By Elizabeth on 03-10-12

    Regular price: $10.26

    • The Last Kingdom

    • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 1
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    The Last Kingdom is set in the England of the ninth and tenth centuries. These were the years when the Danish Vikings had invaded and occupied three of England's four kingdoms, and when King Alfred, his son, and grandson, fought back and won the freedom of the country again.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Parts missing

    • By kmagar on 03-16-12

    Regular price: $9.05

  • Book 2

    • The Pale Horseman

    • The Saxon Chronicles, Book 2
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
    • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 504
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 291
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 290

    Uhtred is a Saxon, cheated of his inheritance and adrift in a world of fire, sword, and treachery. He has to make a choice: whether to fight for the Vikings, who raised him, or for King Alfred the Great of Wessex, who dislikes him.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Guilty Pleasure

    • By Michele Kellett on 06-11-12

    Regular price: $21.67

    • The Pale Horseman

    • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 2
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
    • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    The Pale Horseman is the compelling sequel to the best-selling The Last Kingdom. Uhtred, Northumbrian born, raised a Viking and now married to a Saxon, is already a formidable figure and warrior. But at 20 he is still arrogant, pagan, and headstrong, so not a comfortable ally for the thoughtful, pious Alfred. But these two, with Alfred's family and a few of Uhtred's companions, are apparently all that remains of the Wessex leadership after a disastrous truce.

    Regular price: $9.05

  • Book 3

    • Lords of the North

    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 79

    The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • ARSEling not EARsling...also too short

    • By pen name on 03-27-18

    Regular price: $23.95

    • The Lords of the North

    • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 3
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    The third installment in Bernard Cornwell's King Alfred series, following on from the outstanding previous novels The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman, both of which were top 10 best sellers.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Somethings missed

    • By Leo V.D. on 09-05-09

    Regular price: $9.05

  • Book 4

    • Sword Song

    • The Battle for London: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 4
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
    • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 374
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 235
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 233

    The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish kingdom to the north and the Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, warrior by instinct, Viking by nature, has finally settled down. He has land, a wife, and two children, and a duty given to him by King Alfred to hold the frontier on the Thames. But then trouble stirs.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Wait for the Unabridged version

    • By Kent on 02-15-08
    • The Battle for London: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 4
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
    • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
    • Release date: 01-22-08
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 374 ratings

    Regular price: $21.67

    • Sword Song

    • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 4
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
    • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Our hero, Uhtred, has been made governor of London. This fourth book in the series is set mostly in London and covers Alfred's building of fortified towns to hold Wessex and his push into Mercia.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • continues to please

    • By David on 12-27-07

    Regular price: $9.05

  • Book 5

    The Burning Land
    
    
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    Death of Kings
    
    
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    The Pagan Lord
    
    
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    The Empty Throne
    
    
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    Warriors of the Storm
    
    
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